How to safely approach dogs and other animals

‘Did you know that children ages 0-4 are at thegreatest risk of dog attacks?’
(NSW Government) The responsible pet program is a NSW Government Initiative that teaches children about living safely with dogs.
On Tuesday 14.7.15 the Green and Blue Room Children had the pleasure of meeting Frosty and his owner Lyn. Lyn is from the Responsible Pet Program.
Lyn used pictures to illustrate when it is safe or not safe to touch a dog.

She enforced the message of not to touch a dog when a dog is:
– Sleeping
– Eating
– Feeling unwell
– With their puppies

The children learnt;
– How to say hello to a dog by follow the below easy steps,
– Stop- Stand back
– Ask – gain permission by the owner to pat the dog
– Smell- allow the dog to smell the back of your hand in a closed fist
– Stroke- gently stroking the dogs back.

What to do if a dog approaches you;
– Stand still
– Hands down
– Quiet as a mouse
– Look at the ground

Music and movement was used as a tool to help the children remember the important messages,
– No Owner
– No lead
– No touch

The children enjoyed this valuable presentation and were able to follow directions carefully. They shared their stories of their dogs and pets at home.

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